Security guards are patrolling the Dunedin Botanic Garden as
part of a crackdown on antisocial behaviour.
Botanic garden team leader Alan Matchett confirmed a security
firm was contracted to "wander around and make their presence
"We have ramped it up over the last few years, particularly
in regards to the alcohol and the unacceptable behaviour."
Earlier this year, the park made international headlines
concerning the student drinking game "possum", where
participants sit in trees and drink large amounts of alcohol.
Large groups of young people drinking excessively on the
terraced rock garden during warmer months was not a
"desirable activity", and those groups would be asked to
However, there was no move to clamp down on those who had a
glass of wine or beer as part of a picnic.
Nor were there plans to introduce a liquor ban, but there
"were other discussions taking place", he said.
Joshua Robert Tunnicliffe (27) was found dead in the garden
on Sunday morning, after allegedly inhaling from gas
The death came a day after a security guard was spotted
patrolling near the main entrance of the gardens.
Mr Matchett said he knew little about the huffing incident,
but confirmed staff had comes across the odd bag of glue in
He noted the garden was a pedestrian precinct, and rules
included no cycling or skateboarding.
"We are asking our security contractors to assist us and
approach people advising them that they need to walk."
Staff used discretion when young children and bikes were
concerned, but he confirmed in one case a new security
contractor "did indicate to parents that their kiddies should
not be riding".
"But that has been rectified."